Bristling Brock speaks out...

 

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Is it not transparent to everyone that David Cameron's re-emergence into the political news is more to do with promoting his memoirs - a seemingly self-congratulatory catalogue of righteousness - than it has to do with any attempt to make a come-back ?  As the instigator of Brexit he now feels - after bailing out of the responsibility of fulfilling the public mandate to Leave the EU - that he has both the right and the insight into how we should now remain in the EU.  And his main weapon, it appears, is character assassination.   Bristling Brock would have argued in previous years that this would be an extraordinarily nasty tactic for any senior politician to employ; nowadays, regrettably, nothing in political life and behaviour is seen as being out of bounds - anything goes, but BB fervently hopes Mr Cameron can buzz off (again) and concentrate on his next blockbuster publication (if the size of his shed allows his ego to get inside it).

Gripes apart, the Brexit situation has certainly not improved in recent weeks, rival factions blasting away at each other to effectively becalm the entire mechanism for leaving the EU by 31st October.  It's very sad to observe.  Not only does it show that the nation is still brutally divided upon the issues of EU membership but it also illustrates how our political structures have adopted warlike attitudes and confrontational styles rather than collaboratively seeking the best solutions.  Perhaps that is a naive expectation, for collaboration is the antithesis of political position and opposition - and compromise has never been a vote winner throughout history.  And, perhaps again, that is the fundamental root of the problem - that our political landscape is solely geared to the winning of electoral votes in some sort of gladiatorial contest of one ideology over another - neither of which may have any relevance to the national good.  And that in itself begs the question: 'What is the national good ?'  Now that's a really complicated can of worms but perhaps in its simplest form it would be a measure of how people feel about their country, its values, institutions, its strategic direction and the 'feel good' factor that is reflected from good, common sense governance.  How much of that exists right now is hard to say, but on balance BB would argue that such a sentiment is at the thin end of the wedge rather than at the thick end.   A way to travel yet.

Bristling Brock has been a Leave supporter in this protracted debate.  That the discord and hostility that still clearly remains over the detail of this issue is unlikely to abate suggests that there may well be no practical solution that meets with majority approval.   Continuing dysfunctional governance and with it a diminished 'feel-good' factor to national spirit, cohesiveness and sense of purpose would promote the notion of an Article 50 withdrawal and a continuance of EU membership.  The Remainers would rejoice but it is certainly doubtful that this would assuage the ill feeling around the country.   On the flip side, it would mean a complete abandonment of our democratic values and beliefs.   The Referendum would be dismissed as being a temporary aberration but in truth it would signify that Britain had surrendered its integrity, honour, sovereignty, tradition and capacity to bring about political and economic change for the benefit of the nation as a whole rather than the establishment alone.  Is Brexit as simple as that ?  Those that value the perceived economic advantages of remaining in the EU against those that seek a new way of developing an economy and social infrastructure that has Britain's national advantage at its heart ?  It's a tough call, for in truth, Remainers have no idea what continued membership of the EU might entail - economically or politically - and Leavers have equally no idea what a brave new world life outside of the EU might become.  It is a case of the blind bashing the blind and often missing with their blows completely.  What this does all tell us, however, is that we are a divided and bruised society - not exclusively over Brexit, but across a broad spectrum of social, investment, and politically representative pressure points.  Brexit is the tip of an iceberg.  It is what people use as a focal point for the expression of all manner of grievances but the real foundation of all of this is an elitist political establishment (not solely the government, the whole Westminster cabal) based in the south of the country that has next to no realisation or interest about regional issues or infrastructure need.

The solution may be radical political reform before Brexit - or it may be that Brexit is the very vehicle through which to bring political reform about....